Press Release
For Immediate Release
September 17, 2019


Teacher representatives from the Buffalo Public Schools will be holding a rally to protest the Superintendent’s and School Board’s refusal to negotiate a new contract.


“Under our contract, negotiations on a new contract were to begin in January 2019.


On April 2, 2019, when we first met, after agreeing to some District changes to the ground rules that govern negotiations, incredibly, the Superintendent’s and School Board’s negotiating team adamantly refused to agree to the ground rule that would have each side agree to two tentative future meetings.


Realizing the District was intent on delaying negotiations, the BTF returned to BTF Headquarters to allow the District to reconsider its detrimental position.


Since then, we have been attempting to resume negotiations.


Incredibly, on September 9, 2019 the Superintendent and Board agreed to resume negotiations beginning on September 25, 2019; however, they have refused to negotiate the ground rules for the negotiations!


In a slap in the face to Buffalo teachers, since April 2019, the Superintendent and School Board have, however, given substantial raises to the senior City Hall staff.”, stated Phil Rumore, President of the BTF.


Teacher representatives from some of the Buffalo Schools will be rallying to protest the Superintendent’s and Board’s actions.


Some teachers will then go into the Board meeting where BTF President Phil Rumore will address the Board.


WHEN:           Wednesday, September 18, 2019


WHERE:         Waterfront Elementary School – 95 4th Street Buffalo NY 14201

In the front, on the sidewalk. Teachers will then group together and hear from Rumore. Some then will attend the Board of Education meeting that will be held in the school auditorium.


TIME:             4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Note: Board meeting starts at 5:30)